Board of Directors
President: Suzanne Thomas
Past President, Art Committee Chair
Thomas is a professional visual artist and professor at Rose State College. Suzanne Thomas was born and raised in Spencer, Oklahoma. She received her B.F.A. at Oklahoma State University and her M.F.A. at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Thomas has been awarded several honors including NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Excellence in Teaching; Who’s Who 2007 Graduated Dean Fellowship award; Roby Honoree for Academics; she was also awarded by Rose State College Phi Theta Kappa.
Vice President: Amena Butler
Amena Butler is Contemporary Mixed Media Artist and Contemporary Historian based in Oklahoma City. Amena grew up overseas in a Military family. She learned early on the value that art can bring to someone’s life. Amena started learning Asian Arts & Crafts at a young age, including Traditional Printmaking. She has a degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies. “Art tells the history of a people, the story of a civilization, and is essential to improving the quality of life”.
“I also understand that shifting the perceived traditional narrative on racial and cultural diversity is not always appreciated or recognized. Embracing differences and acknowledging various perspectives is key to decolonizing the mind and achieving equity and accessibility in institutions.”
Amena enjoys working with different mediums and techniques to convey a feeling and visual language in her art. “Color has an impact on our sense of well-being, which is instantly recognized by our subconscious”.
She is a member of and currently serves on the board of the Edmond Art Association, Inclusion In Art, and Owens Art Place Museum. Amena is a member of and serves on the committee of ICOM-International Council of Museums, UMAC-University Museums and Collections, American Association of Museums & Galleries, and Oklahoma Archives Association.
Amena’s works are in private and public collections, including the National Collage Society, the Melton Art Reference Library, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Cedar Hills Dallas Community Center, University of Central Oklahoma, Langston/OKC University, and Edmond City Offices.
Board Secretary: Sarah Caputo
Sarah Caputo is an artist and teacher living in the Oklahoma City area. She specializes in illustration and mixed media.
She received her Bachelor of Art degree from the University of Iowa in 2009, majoring in Cinema, and two Associate’s Degrees from Rose State College in 2019 for Fine Art and Digital Graphic Design.
She has spent her career working in early childhood and elementary education, focusing her energies on bringing arts education into the classroom. She currently facilitates arts-integrated professional development in the state as an OKA+ Fellow and is the Arts and Multimedia Coordinator for Positive Tomorrows.
Treasurer: Kyle Golding
Marketing Committee Chair
Kyle is a business owner and founder of The Golding Group which provides strategic planning, communications and process development for business and non-profit organizations with a focus on growth and longevity. Mr. Golding has over 35 years of advertising, marketing and PR experience.
Madison Moody is a visual artist from Midwest City, Oklahoma. She has been creating since she was very young. Throughout her academic career, she strives for anything and everything creative. She attended Rose State College, where she obtained her Associates in Art in 2015. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Oklahoma City University (OCU) in 2017. She returned to OCU in 2018, where she obtained her Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Leadership: Arts Administration.
Development Committee Chair
Elizabeth Larios was born in Los Angeles California to Carlos and Elva Larios in 1992 and married Rendon Farrell in 2015. Elizabeth started her educational achievements with a Business Associates from Rose State College in 2013. She then went on to receive an International Business Bachelors from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2015 and a Master of Public Administration in May of 2020. In May of 2015, Elizabeth began to work with the YWCA of OKC as a case advocate and the economic empowerment liaison to women victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
While working at the YWCA Elizabeth saw local and statewide systems of oppression, so she decided to run for House of Representatives District 54 in 2016. During the election, Elizabeth saw a need in education. Elizabeth went on to work with Rose State College assisting inner-city and minority students apply for scholarships and financial aid to attend college while also helping Hispanic parents to understand the college processes and how to better assist their own children to succeed in high school and have a successful transition to college. She understood that economic and social progress starts with education.
In 2017, Elizabeth Co-Founded Rehoboth Care Mission, a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to helping people develop their own community’s economy through self-sustainability. Locally, Elizabeth serves on the board of Inclusion in Art, where she helps minority artists discover resources available to them so they can be more successful in their field. Elizabeth also serves on the board for Dream Action Oklahoma, a community-based organization that aims to empower the local immigrant community through advocacy and education to ensure justice for all immigrants. Elizabeth currently works at the Alliance for Economic Development where she assists with development and renewal projects throughout Oklahoma City. Elizabeth has dedicated her life to public service and community development.
Maria Chaverri’s career as an artist took hold at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned her BFA in Fiber Arts and a Masters in Professional Studies in Business of Art and Design. Born in the United States to Costa Rican parents, Maria Chaverri grew up in a household that was not entirely one or the other. Her multicultural upbringing, speaking Spanish with family, English with classmates, and traveling across the international borders between her two homes generated her interest in travel from a young age. Never fully an Okie, an American, nor a Costa Rican, travel became a means to the discovery of self.
From 2013 to 2018, she lived in Japan and explored Southeast Asia solo. During this time, Chaverri used photography and writing to capture the stories of the people and places she discovered. Now back in the United States, Chaverri inspires others with beautiful images of foreign places and empowers creative individuals through coaching. Currently, she works as the first artist in residence for the City of Moore.
Kimberly Campbell, is a proud alumna of Lindenwood University where she was a 4-year member of the Lion Line Dance Team. The crowning achievement over those four years was winning the first, National Championship title for the program during the 2008 National College Dance Team Championships televised on ESPN and ESPN2.
Her extensive dance training is comprised of ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, kick, pom, pointe, and musical theatre. Upon graduating from high school, Kimberly became an instructor and later assistant head instructor for Universal Dance Association traveling and teaching high school dance camps across Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa. Currently, she holds a Bachelors in Dance with minor in Business, a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Arts Administration, and has completed 57 hours toward a Master of Fine Arts in Dance.
Kimberly has been actively judging for 15 years through an array of high school and college auditions along with various levels of dance team competitions Some of her judging experiences include the Oklahoma State University Pom Team auditions; state competitions in Wyoming, Missouri & North Dakota; the Oklahoma City University Spirit competition; and the inaugural NAIA Cheer and Dance regional event and National Championship.
In 2011, she established the University of Jamestown’s Knight Line Dance Team, and directed the program for 4 years. While in Jamestown, she joined NDADD and contributed to the Fall Workshop and began judging events. During the 2013-2014 season, she took on the role of Judge Coordinator and Co-Site Manager for NDADD. Under her leadership, the judging curriculum was strengthened, solidified, and revamped with the assistance of the National Dance Alliance’s Rachel Domangue.
Currently, she serves as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) Resource Advisor for Competitive Dance, Assignor of Championship Officials for Competitive Dance, and Onsite Coordinator of Championship Officials for Competitive Dance. In this multifaceted role, she is the liaison between coaches and judges, the training and curriculum developer for judges, and one of the official interpreters of the rules governing competitive dance at the National Championship event. She is excited to work with coaches and officials to bring forth creative solutions to assist the development and progression of dance in the NAIA.
Michael Litzau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a Green Bay Packer football fan through and through. Much of the images in his work revolves around Packers football and sports in general. The materials he uses often include scrapbook paper, wallpaper, intaglio, and graphite. Together, the images and materials explore issues of fantasy, fandom, and ritual.
Michael received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004 from Columbus College of Art and Design and in 2006 obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree at The Ohio State University in printmaking where he was a University Fellow. He is currently an Associate Professor of Drawing at The University of Central Oklahoma where he oversees the drawing and printmaking area. Michael has shown his artwork extensively through solo, juried and trade print exhibitions throughout the United States.
Marjorie Bontemps received her B.A. in Classic at The University of Oklahoma, her M.A. in Museum Science and Management at The University of Tulsa, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Anthropology.
Marjorie is an artist, curator, and art philanthropist. During the last 15 years in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she served as a Board of Directors in numerous art non-profit organizations, shared her expertise and skills as a curator, sponsor chair of fundraising events, and among other projects. She was awarded an Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award for Community Service in the Arts in 2013.
Inclusion In Art holds bi-monthly board meetings.
Board Members Emeritus
Founder: Nathan Lee
Former Executive Director
Nathan Lee is an artist and art activist from Oklahoma. He is a founding member of Inclusion in Art and is best known for his efforts towards creating a more racially diverse art community in Oklahoma. Lee is also the co-producer of the groundbreaking film “TRANSCEND” which explores the lives and creative process of five Black artists living and working in Oklahoma. “TRANSCEND” is the first Oklahoma film to focus on the Black creative class in the state and the first to document artists from the Black Visual Arts Movement now being experienced in Oklahoma.
Former Board Member, Former Executive Director
Argüelles grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. He earned his bachelor’s at the University of California, San Diego in Studio Art. After graduation, Argüelles joined the bi-national art collective the Border Art Workshop. Exhibits at the Sydney Biennale, the Tucuman Alternative Biennale, and the Johannesburg Biennale soon followed. Argüelles received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine.
Narciso continues to teach at the college level and full time at the high school level. He also curates art exhibits and judges student art exhibits. For the past 10 years, he has worked as a grader for the Advanced Placement Test in Studio Art. His community involvement includes volunteering at several non-profits and art organizations. Argüelles is the recipient Shannon Calderon Primeau 2016 Artist of the Year Award presented by the Hispanic Art Council of Oklahoma.